Re: [Videolib] Not Rated Films

Jessica Rosner (
Tue, 01 Apr 2003 09:55:49 -0500

There are two reasons films are not rated
1. It is a stupid and subjective system that makes John Woo's THE KILLER
an X rated film ( one of the last) and some obnoxious Hollywood violent film
like Rambo an R
2 ( and alas the most common reason) MONEY!!!. It costs a minimum of $1500
to rate a film and if you want to rate a FILM in theatrical play you must
often send a 35mm film. Kino for instance has NEVER rated a film in
theatrical release but we have rated a few films in which we basically
NEEDED an "R" version for Blockbuster such as THE PIANO TEACHER. You can
imagine that most of the small companies don't want to spend this money on
film rating.
Jessica Rosner
Kino International
333 W 39th St. 503
NY NY 10018

> From: "Holly Sammons" <> > Reply-To: > Date: Mon, 31 Mar 2003 14:25:48 -0500 (EST) > To: <> > Subject: [Videolib] Not Rated Films > > I find that more frequently I am coming across 'not rated' films that I > either purchase directly or get donated to my library that I take home to > watch, mostly out of fear from the cover presentation that they may not be > appropriate for a public library - mine specifically. My library's > collection policy for films, specifically says we will buy nothing beyond > an "R" rating. Needless to say, I buy too many films each year to watch > them all! I rely on the ratings greatly so when a film is 'not rated' I > get worried. I have found that sometimes these films would qualify a "G" > rating and others an NC-17. I guess I have two questions, how do other > libraries deal with this? (I'm assuming this is only an issue in public > libraries) and secondly, why do films not get rated? or maybe my question > should be, what are the benefits of bypassing the rating scheme? > > > -- > Holly Sammons, Librarian > Onondaga County Public Library > 447 So Salina St > Syracuse NY 13202 > 315-435-1894 > > > _______________________________________________ > Videolib mailing list > >

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